Definition of tergite in English:

tergite

noun

Biology
  • (in an insect) a sclerotized plate forming the tergum of a segment.

    Compare with sternite
    • ‘Unlike centipedes, there are more tergites than segments.’
    • ‘Along its axial region is developed a narrow ridge, joining and continuous with similar ridges in the seven thoracic tergites.’
    • ‘The dorsal surface of each abdominal segment has a plate of hard cuticle called tergites.’
    • ‘These muscles are arranged as a series of parallel muscle fibers from the lateral edge of the dorsal tergite to the ventral sternite.’
    • ‘They are distinguished by prominent keeled tergites, and legs with eight segments and well sclerotised exoskeleton.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from tergum + -ite.

Pronunciation:

tergite

/ˈtərjīt/